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I began collecting keys at really young age when I would visit my grandparents at their car lot. They would give me keys to vehicles that were either spares or simply did not need for one reason or another.

When I would go home, I would "drive cars" which would entail running around the house making car noises of the particular vehicle the keys I was holding went to. Other than sitting in the driver's seat in the cars at the dealership and starting them up, it was the closest that I could get to feeling like I was actually driving.

It didn't take long to want "drive" other things. I wanted to drive a school bus like the one I rode to school on, I wanted to operate an excavator, how about semi truck or big tractor? Sure, I could've pretended with a Ford key that I was driving a Lexus but that wouldn't have had the same effect.

God bless my Mom, over summer breaks she would call around and setup visits to tour everything from the school bus barn, heavy equipment dealerships, car dealerships, railroad yard, you name it. When we would go to these places, we would explain my passion for all things with a motor and wheels and my key collection. More often than not, the establishment would have spare keys or miscuts they would donate (or that that we could buy if they were uncut) and a lot of the times the results were very surprising!

Over the years the collection has grown and grown. Family members would (and still do) give me spare keys to cars they bought and sold over the years and didn't need anymore. While I don't "drive cars" like I used to, I once or twice a year go through my collection and every time I do so, I have vivid flashbacks. Most of the keys, especially the ones from my grandparents car lot, retain a lot of sentimental value and I remember the instances when I got them and look forward to passing them down when I have kids some day.

I have never photographed any of my keys before and wondered how they would look on the screen. If you're interested, I've pulled out some my favorites that you might enjoy or even recognize if you had a particular vehicle that shared the same type.


Smitty will recognize what this one is.


Uhaul


Lock key for a door push lever in a building


Boats




Complete set of keys to a Thomas school bus


Blue Bird bus

Komatsu excavator

Hitachi excavator


Another excavator





Hummer H1


Mack truck


Kenworth




From a Mercedes my Dad had


Older Mercedes


Porsche


Audi



From a neighbor's 1970's BMW 3 Series


BMW


BMW


John Deere keys; commercial and residential


CAT


Dump truck keys. IH, AM General..


VW keys. Bottom left was from my Dad's MKI GTI


Hyster forklift


Modern to early Honda


Key tag was from my 280Z


Mazda








AMC








Dad's Fiat 128


1990's Chevy


Uncut Edsel key








Mustang II

1980's Maserati


From my cousin's 1990's Dodge Ram Indy




Escort




Couple of the first tags when I first started collecting


Mercury





Love this style of Ford key


Land Rover Discovery


This one has always been an unknown. Do you recognize it?

 

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WOW, been wondering where my cars keys were!! You stole them!!! :sidelaugh :dunno::sorry: :bag:
Nice collection! I recognized a few of them that we owned over the years!!
 
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WOW, been wondering where my cars keys were!! You stole them!!! :sidelaugh :dunno::sorry: :bag:
Nice collection! I recognized a few of them that we owned over the years!!
Haha,

The collection has actually proven to be somewhat useful a couple of times over the years as I was able to locate a replacements for lost keys. There are only so styles of cuts/codes for each style of key.

Quite a spectrum of vehicles there, very nice. You ever think about a display board?
It's pretty rickety but I've used Grandpa's old key board that he made for the car lot.









Stirred some memories with some of those, Austen. Neat stuff, thanks for sharing!
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Thanks Ellis!

That's a cool collection of keys that you have, thanks for sharing with us.
Thanks Mike!
 

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Boy, that's quite an interesting collection! :ThumbUp: I used to drive my mom crazy pretending to be driving things; except I didn't have keys! :bag:
 

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Very Cool :ThumbUp:

I should pull out my keychain collection and take pics before I move.
 

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:ThumbUp: Stired some memories here too as I have used a number of the American ones and also the VW keys. Think the ones for my grandfathers 65 or so Beetle resembled them.
 

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It's pretty rickety but I've used Grandpa's old key board that he made for the car lot.
That's pretty cool. I bet you spent many a day at the car lot with your Grandfather.
 

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Very nice Austin. Yes, that one is a reverser handle. The one you don't know about could be an old Plymouth.
 

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That's pretty cool. I bet you spent many a day at the car lot with your Grandfather.
Very much so, he was very dear to my heart.

Very nice Austin. Yes, that one is a reverser handle. The one you don't know about could be an old Plymouth.
Thanks Smitty,

I think you're right about the key. I did a little research and it looks like it is indeed a Plymouth key from the 1950's. Thanks! :ThumbUp:
 

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Do you know what locomotive the reverser is from?
 

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Do you know what locomotive the reverser is from?
I don't, I was pretty young back when I got it.

I remember standing in the cab, the engineer explaining the start up procedure, a cloud of smoke rolling out from the top after it started and going a short distance down the track and back. Great day, would love to relive it and I think the engineer had as much fun as I did. :ThumbUp:
 
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